The Ufa Story: A History of Germany's Greatest Film Company, 1918-1945

The Ufa Story A History of Germany s Greatest Film Company Universum Film AG best known by its signature logo Ufa was once the largest film company in Europe Founded by the German High Command as a propaganda medium during World War I and always central to G

  • Title: The Ufa Story: A History of Germany's Greatest Film Company, 1918-1945
  • Author: Klaus Kreimeier
  • ISBN: 9780520220690
  • Page: 435
  • Format: Paperback
  • Universum Film AG best known by its signature logo, Ufa was once the largest film company in Europe Founded by the German High Command as a propaganda medium during World War I and always central to Germany s nationalistic big business interests, Ufa was also home to the most innovative talents of the Weimar Republic Fritz Lang, Marlene Dietrich, Emil Jannings, and ErnstUniversum Film AG best known by its signature logo, Ufa was once the largest film company in Europe Founded by the German High Command as a propaganda medium during World War I and always central to Germany s nationalistic big business interests, Ufa was also home to the most innovative talents of the Weimar Republic Fritz Lang, Marlene Dietrich, Emil Jannings, and Ernst Lubitsch were Ufa stars Metropolis, The Blue Angel, and Dr Mabuse were only a few of its finest works From its dazzling theaters to its state of the art studios and processing labs, from its comprehensive multimedia publicity campaigns to its avant garde art films, Ufa challenged Hollywood for cultural dominance and market share in Jazz Age Europe But the story grows darker after the simultaneous advent of sound films and National Socialism The story of Ufa under Hitler, when technically suberb films continued to be made, is the story of the corruption and destruction of this vital company by the state that brought it into existence.

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    1. Art and entertainment bent to the will of the unspeakable. This excellent history of Ufa studios is appropriately divided into two parts, before and after 1933. Part one is the fun part (though there are warning shadows), about the golden age of German film -- Lang, Pabst, Murnau, Dietrich -- and part two is an astonishing, painful exploration of one of the first systematic campaigns to turn film into a weapon and an instrument of terror. It's worth noting that this book is primarily a political [...]

    2. Sure, the writing's a bit scholarly in tone (this is a work of research, after all), but nevertheless packed with info for anyone who wonders how Germany's film industry functioned through two world wars.

    3. I liked this book. It really covers the subject in every detail! The information on the early actors and actresses was fascinating. I wish I could see all the movies they described! I was very surprised to find out Goebbel's involvement during the war. All the details concerning finances and ownership did leave me confused but the rest of it was very interesting.

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